The village has given its name to a road junction where the M1, M6 and A14 roads meet, which is known to be regularly congested owing to its poor, and slightly dangerous design. The underpass used by the A14 under the M1 and M6, was built in 1965 for the former A427, which ran through Catthorpe to Swinford from Rugby across the A5.
Catthorpe briefly came to national attention in 1999 when alleged war criminal Konrāds Kalējs was discovered to be living at a nursing home near the village.
Major Investment to Reduce Traffic Congestion and Improve Safety at Catthorpe Interchange Has Been Welcomed by Warwickshire County Council
Mar 12, 2012; A SUMMIT meeting has been held to discuss the implications of [pounds sterling]1 billion worth of road improvements. The...